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SDHC Celebrates 45th at the Festival!

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, presenters, exhibitors, host cities of Deadwood, Rapid City, Sturgis and Lead and everyone else who made the 2017 Festival of Books a success!

The 2018 event will be held in Brookings in September 2018. Details will be announced on the Festival of Books website as they are confirmed. 



Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a major source of SDHC funding, received a $1.9 million budget increase for FY 2017. However, in its comprehensive FY 2018 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for "the orderly closure of the agency. 

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. The South Dakota Humanities Council seeks qualified speakers and reading discussion group leaders to deliver humanities programming in 2018. Continue Reading

  2. The winner of the second annual SDHC Veterans Writing Prize wrote his essay through tears, still shaken by a 30-year old trauma. Continue Reading

  3. Whether you are in a book club or looking to start one, our Reading Group Toolkit has resources to provide an engaging experience for your group. Continue Reading

  4. From informative non-fiction to gripping mystery novels, the One Book S.D. has spanned all genres and interests. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

10:00 am | W. H. Lyons Fairgrounds
2:00 pm | Moody County Resource Center
5:00 pm | Custer County Library
6:00 pm | Piedmont Valley Library
12:00 pm | St Thomas More Social Hall
7:00 pm | Cultural Heritage Center
10:30 am | The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
- Toni Morrison